Without serious policy changes the world will warm by an average of 4C by the end of the century. The difference between 2C and 4C may well be human civilization. Given such state of ecological overshoot, a movement has emerged urging divestment from fossil fuels in order to leave them in the ground. The Gates Foundation in the world's largest philanthropic organization, whose battle against disease and poverty is being undermined by its vast holdings in fossil fuel industries. Please encourage Mr. Gates to divest from fossil fuels.
BREAKING: Attempts to restart the construction of the TMT telescope were again blocked by brave native Hawaiian protectors, yet a permanent end to the invasion by astronomer settlers has not yet been achieved. The controversial telescope project on the top of the often snow-covered Mauna Kea on the Big Island of Hawai'i would further desecrate land that is sacred to native Hawaiians and is environmentally sensitive. There are already 13 telescopes scarring the mountain; and the newest, called the Thirty-Meter Telescope, would destroy an additional five acres of land, and intensify human waste and toxics entering the sensitive ecosystem. For months protestors have camped out on the top of the mountain creating human blockades, there have been arrests, as well as numerous affinity protests nationally and across social media including on Twitter at #WeAreMaunaKea. Standing with Hawai'i’s native peoples and in the spirit of Aloha`Aina (love of the land), please send protest emails (and optionally tweets) to the TMT International Observatory Board letting them know they must stop construction of the TMT telescope on sacred Mauna Kea.
Woodlark Island – a small Pacific Island in Papua New Guinea (PNG), covering some 80,000 hectares of biodiverse rainforest, and containing a largely intact Pacific culture practicing agro-ecology in forest gardens – is again threatened with ecocide and cultural genocide. Imminent industrial rainforest logging on Woodlark Island, as well as a planned gold mine, will endanger the island’s flora and fauna, destroy unique intact lowland island rainforests causing environmental upheaval, and result in drastic and negative cultural change and worsened and permanent poverty. In 2007-08 EcoInternet successfully spearheaded an international campaign that protected Woodlark Islands rainforests and peoples from oil palm development (Mongabay heralded the successful campaign). We are called once again to demand no industrial clearing of Woodlark’s rainforests and recognition of indigenous land rights. PNG's continued well-being and community advancement depend critically upon ending industrial old-growth forest logging to base development upon standing old forests.
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